Jeff Dunham Biography
Jeff Dunham born Jeffrey Dunham is an American ventriloquist and comedian. He was born on April 18, 1962 in Dallas, Texas.
Jeff’s fascination with ventriloquism began at age eight when his parents gave him a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy, and by ten he was performing anywhere he could find an audience. After graduating from Baylor University in 1986, Jeff stayed in Waco, Texas, for two more years, working on his act and developing his defining characters Jose Jalapeño, Peanut, and Walter. In 1988 he then moved to Los Angeles, and within a few short months became one of the top headliners on the U.S. comedy club circuit. This led to his many appearances on multiple stand-up comedy shows, as well as numerous guest appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Since those early years Jeff has gone on to impact every aspect of the entertainment industry: film, television, animation, digital, publishing, and the concert stage.
On television Jeff’s numerous specials have set record ratings, sold millions of DVDs, and generated more than 1 billion views on YouTube. Domestically his Comedy Central specials, including Spark of Insanity, Arguing with Myself, Controlled Chaos, and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, remain among the highest-rated programs in that network’s history, and his most recent NBC special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, drew more than 6 million viewers—second that night only to the NFL Game of the Week. These titles and more have also been released on broadcast, DVD, and mobile platforms in Canada, the U.K., Benelux, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, consistently breaking broadcast records and topping sales charts throughout the world.
In addition to his personal specials, Jeff has made numerous cameo appearances in television and film, from the Emmy Award–winning comedy series 30 Rock, to feature films such as Dinner For Schmucks and the animated franchise The Nut Job. He also appears regularly on numerous and various reality and talk shows ranging from The Today Show to The O’Reilly Factor, and from ESPN’s Game Day to Jay Leno’s Garage. In 2011 he made history when the Bio Channel’s premiere of Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy became the network’s number one, highest-ranked broadcast of all time.
Having written material for his act from the beginning, in 2010 Jeff finally wrote and released his highly anticipated autobiography, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me, which immediately landed on the New York Times Best Seller list. What audiences around the world love most, however, are Jeff’s stadium-sized live concerts, which continue to sell out across four continents. With worldwide tour appearances throughout North America and ranging from the United Kingdom to Australia, Israel to the United Arab Emirates, and Iceland to South Africa, Jeff was awarded Billboard’s Top Comedy Tour for three years running, and Guinness World Records recently named him the world- record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour.”
Throughout all this, of course, Jeff has not been alone. His entourage of signature characters are loud, irreverent, and unforgettable: Walter, the curmudgeonly retiree; Bubba J, the dumb and loveable redneck; Peanut, the crazed “what-the-hell-is-that?” purple rapscallion nut-ball; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper from south of the border “on a STEEK!,” and finally the bumbling, skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist. These characters, each conceived, created, and built by Jeff himself, have now taken on lives of their own, garnering their own individual legions of fans at live shows and online.
Naturally Jeff has had his own fair share of fans throughout the years, for which he is most grateful and with whom he enjoys maintaining a highly interactive relationship via JeffDunham.com and social networking platforms, including more than 10 million fans on Facebook. To show his gratitude for their loyal support, Jeff donates a dollar from each of his concert tickets to various charities in the communities he visits. To date the Jeff Dunham Fund has contributed more than $1.3 million to people in need, and Jeff sincerely hopes these efforts inspire others to give back as well.
Jeff Dunham Age
He was born on April 18, 1962.
Jeff Dunham Divorce
His first wife was Paige Brown. They met at the Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach, Florida. They began dating in December 1992 and in May 1994, Dunham married Brown and adopted her daughter, Bree. They had two daughters together; Ashlyn and Kenna who were born in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Dunham’s time away while performing proved a strain on the marriage, and in November 2008, he filed for divorce.
Jeff Dunham Wife – Jeff Dunham Twins
Mid 2009, Dunham was in a relationship with fellow Texan, Audrey Murdick, a certified nutritionist, personal trainer and competition bodybuilder, and on December 25, 2011 they became engaged. On October 12, 2012, the couple married. On May 14, 2015, Dunham announced, via Facebook, that he and Audrey were expecting twin boys. In October, she gave birth to James Jeffrey and Jack Steven.
Jeff Dunham Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Jeff Dunham Shows
By the mid-1990s, Dunham had relocated to Los Angeles. In addition to a steady diet of comedy clubs, the ventriloquist was making semi-regular appearances on late-night television.
But it would take almost another decade for the hard working Dunham to achieve true mainstream success. That started to happen in 2006, when, after years of resistance, Comedy Central changed course and decided to showcase Dunham’s self-produced one-hour special, Arguing with Myself. The results were astounding. More than two million viewers tuned in to see the ventriloquist, prompting the network to book him again.
That second performance, 2007’s Spark of Insanity, hauled in record ratings and sold more than a million DVDs. His follow-up the next year, A Very Special Christmas Special, delivered similar results. After his act hit popular entertainment outlets, Dunham’s success put him on par with comedy giants like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, in terms of gross sales and viewership. His limited-series program, The Jeff Dunham Show, was a Comedy Central record breaker, and he demonstrated comic reach internationally — a feat which few comedians can boast.
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A Controversial Comic
Still, Dunham’s material and style aren’t for everyone. Some critics have complained about his sophomoric humor, something Dunham, who seems to delight in the fact that his material isn’t terribly complicated, doesn’t shy away from.
Others have suggested that Dunham, who has a large conservative following and whose fame came in the wake of other blue-collar style comics like Jeff Foxworthy, feeds off of stereotypes. One of his popular characters is Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and insults between the performer and his puppets have included the line, “You’re from Planet Retard.”
But Dunham defends his performances by saying he’s an equal opportunity insulter. “I’ve skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly and my wife,” he has said. “As a standup comic, it is my job to make sure the majority of people laugh, and I believe that comedy is the last true form of free speech.”
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Jeff Dunham Films/Movies
|1991||Hot Country Nights||Himself||One episode|
|1996||Ellen||Starky the Ventriloquist||Episode: “When the Vow Breaks: Part 1” (with Walter as Gus)|
|2002||Any Day Now||Ventriloquist||Episode: “Truth Hurts”|
|2002||She Spies||Elvis Presley ventriloquist||Episode: “Ice Man”|
|2003||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Also writer|
|2003||One on One||Benny / Kenny||Episode: “I Know What You Did Last Thursday”|
|2005||Blue Collar TV||Ventriloquist||Episode: “Stupidity”|
|2006||Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself||Himself||TV special; also writer and executive producer|
|2007||Delta Farce||Amazing Ken||First feature-length movie|
|2007||Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity||Himself||TV special; also writer and executive producer|
|2008||History of the Joke||Himself||TV documentary|
|2008||Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special||Himself||TV special; also writer, executive producer and songwriter|
|2009||30 Rock||Rick Wayne||Episode: “Stone Mountain” (with Bubba J. as Pumpkin)|
|2009||The Jeff Dunham Show||Himself||7 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2009||Sonny with a Chance||Jeff||Episode: “Hart to Hart” (with Walter)|
|2009||I’m No Dummy||Himself||Documentary film|
|2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Lewis the Ventriloquist|
|2011||Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos||Himself||TV special; also writer and executive producer|
|2012||The Batmobile||Himself||TV documentary|
|2012||Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters||Himself||TV special; also writer and executive producer|
|2012||Big Top Scooby-Doo!||Schmatko, Conductor (voice)||Video|
|2013||From Up on Poppy Hill||Gen (voice)||English version|
|2014||The Nut Job||Mole (voice)|
|2014||Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map||Himself||TV special; also writer, executive producer and co-editor|
|2014||Achmed Saves America||Achmed / Bubba J. / Himself||Video; creator, executive producer and original character designer|
|2016||Hell’s Kitchen||Himself||Episode: “9 Chefs Compete”(with Walter)|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Farmer Smurf (voice)|
|2017||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Mole (voice)|
|2017||Mune: Guardian of the Moon||Phospho (voice)|
|2017||Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster||Himself||Netflix special|